Our first major event of our book tour is in New York City, the city where I grew up and lived most of my life. I have known Corby for 30 years, since he interviewed me for an amazing article he wrote for New York Times during the launch of the Cake Bible. Corby is one of the most erudite, brilliant, and insightful speakers I know, so this will be a rare treat. I can't wait to hear his questions and thoughts about baking and the new book. I hope to see you there!
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An author and publisher always have their collective breath held, while they wait to read the major press reviews. Two key reviews that an author wants to be favorable are from Publisher’s Weekly and the Booklist Online. The Publisher’s Weekly review is important because it is the ‘Consumer Reports’ reviewer for the industry. If you get a positive review here, you are likely to get many other good reviews from other publications. The Booklist Online is for the American Library Association.
Here are four reviews that Rose’s Baking Basics has received from Publisher’s Weekly, ALA’s Booklist Online, Eater, and Food & Wine.
Publisher’s Weekly August 2018
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Rose’s Baking Basics
Rose Levy Beranbaum. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35 (400p) ISBN 978-0-544-81622-0
MORE BY AND ABOUT THIS AUTHOR Beranbaum (The Cake Bible) offers solid baking guidance in the form of step-by-step photos and detailed written instructions. The precision-minded author instructs readers to measure cupcake batter on a scale for even distribution; and, for the same reason, she suggests (perhaps too exactingly) cutting raisins in half when making rugelach. A list of potential problems and their solutions start each chapter (the cookie chapter, for example, details how not to burn the bottoms), and Beranbaum provides measurements for each recipe in both grams and volume, because she believes weighing ingredients is more reliable. Many of her recipes are straightforward and accessible for bakers of all skill levels. Chapters on cookies, cakes, pies, and tarts overflow with precise steps for American classics: double-crusted apple pie, zucchini bread, and two thumbprint nut cookies with jam. The cookies section includes a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with both browned butter for flavor and golden syrup for chewiness, as well as “brookies,” a cross between a brownie and a cookie. Beranbaum suggests using canola or safflower oil rather than butter for a layered carrot cake so that the layers can tolerate refrigeration once cloaked in cream cheese. She presents a recipe for chocolate-spangled angel food cake (“Not only is it a favorite party cake, it is also an excellent vehicle for any leftover egg whites you might have in the freezer”); for pies, there is an apple galette (“a free form tart that can be used with many fruits or berries”) and a key lime pie, for which she admits to preferring regular limes to key limes. Beranbaum’s hand-holding is invaluable, especially for those apprehensive about baking. (Sept.)
American Library Association
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Booklist includes a very positive review for Rose Levy Beranbaum’s ROSE’S BAKING BASICS in their 9/1/18 issue.
“Beranbaum, author of the classic The Cake Bible (1988), tailors her detailed approach to baking for beginners, with plenty for advanced bakers to benefit from, too. To prepare for the worst without fear, she begins each section (“Cookies,” “Cakes,” “Pies and Tarts,” “Breads,” “Toppings and Fillings”) with a page or two of “Solutions for Possible Problems.” Recipes lead with preheating notes and a very helpful “mise en place” list that explains what to do before even beginning, such as getting ingredients to room temperature. Most recipes include “Baking Pearls,” special notes about working with specific ingredients or tools. Beranbaum does not recommend attempting substitutions on a whim, but she shares tested variations, where applicable. Hundreds of color photographs include both dazzling finished products and a wealth of step-by-step process depictions, such as forming rolled cookies or baking cheesecake and carefully removing it from its pan. With bolstering instructions and heavily tested, highly appealing recipes, this is sure to be a new favorite.”—Annie Bostrom
Food and Wine.com
Stay tuned for next week's Rose's Basics posting: Publisher Weekly's Partners in Crème.
PW Talks with Rose Levy Beranbaum and Woody Wolston
We don't want you to miss the season so we're offering this special recipe right now while the peaches are at their peak.
PEACHES AND CREAM KUCHEN is excerpted from ROSE’s BAKING BASICS © 2018 by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Photography © 2018 by Matthew Septimus. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
When Michael Batterberry and Food Arts Magazine were still alive, and I had a new book coming out, he would always ask me if there were any new break throughs and there always were! He would then do a full page, featuring them in the magazine. So I am continuing the tradition by offering here a sampling of the top tips and techniques you will find in my newest book.
Two of my most valued additions to this book are that on the charts, the grams come before the volume, and right after the chart there is a "mise en place" (set up of ingredients). The recipes are written exactly the way in which I bake. We love working from this new format.
* My favorite caramel sauce with amazing flavor and smooth texture that keeps for months:
* The best flour for pie crust and how to tenderize bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour.
* How to unmold tarts that have stuck to the bottom of the tart pan the easy way (what took me so long to figure out this ridiculously simple method)!
* How to keep the bottom crust of a custard pie such as pumpkin from getting soggy.
* How to use pie crust scraps to make the best rugelach and why it is the best.
* How to make cake strips for any size cake pans.
* How to never ever risk over-whipping egg whites and why it’s fine to add the sugar and cream of tartar right from the beginning.
* Neoclassic Meringue—cousin to Neoclassic Buttercream. How it’s possible to make either one without a thermometer.
* How to salvage broken mousseline buttercream.
* How to make the silkiest smoothest dulce de leche the easiest way.
We don't want you to miss the season so we're offering the recipe right now while the berries are at their peak.
BLUERASPBERRY CRISP is excerpted from ROSE’s BAKING BASICS © 2018 by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Photography © 2018 by Matthew Septimus. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Pure Joy--The Book has Arrived
It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with all of you this photo taken by Woody at the moment when the book landed.
Publisher's protocol is for the printer to send a book for the author and a book for the publishing house in advance of the rest of the copies. Preordered books will be going out in September, and will arrive in bookstores by the pub date of September 25.
These are the step by step photos of making my pizza, "Pizza Rosa." And this is my very first cordon rose (pink ribbon) book marker.
Through the years, I have tried many ways of making caramel that is the ideal color with deep flavor but not so dark that it is bitter. I also wanted it to be perfectly smooth and to maintain its texture without crystallizing for at least a few weeks in the fridge.
I am thrilled to report that the caramel sauce in Rose’s Baking Basics is the best I’ve ever tasted and has lasted perfectly in the fridge for 6 months. It would probably have kept even longer but after tasting a little spoonful every week there was none left!
The secrets: the proper temperature with accurate thermometer, corn syrup, and optional cream of tartar. For the rest, turn to page 353.
We are happy to announce our tentative dates, events, and cities for the launch of Rose’s Baking Basics book. All events will have a book signing session after the demo or lecture, which we welcome you to bring any of your Rose’s books collection for us to sign. We will be continuing to update the schedule as we receive further details. Be aware that this schedule can change. Admission will also be noted if a book is included with the price of admission. Many of these locations will also have other books by Rose for purchase and our signing them.
Our tour kicks off in New York with our book launch and my discussing the book with Corby Kummer, who wrote the New York Times article on The Cake Bible. A criss crossing of our country will follow to Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Paramus, with other cities to be announced before September.
* For the Miele event, you can email email@example.com and they will email you when registration opens.
We will announce revisions and additions to the tour schedule on the Current Announcements on the Home page. You can see the schedule at any time by going to the Rose's Baking Basics book's dedicated page and clicking on the Tour Schedule button on the right side column.